Writing on the Wall Word and Image in Modern Art

ISBN-10: 0520241533

ISBN-13: 9780520241534

Edition: 2003

Authors: Simon Morley
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Description: From the cut-up Cubist collages of Picasso to the monumental filmic narratives of Fiona Banner, and from the schoolboy subversion of Magritte to the demotic scrawl of Cy Twombly, the use of words is one of the defining features of modern art. Indeed, with many contemporary works, only those without text are remarkable. Exploring the strange, unsettling, and often humorous results when words escape their traditional confines and inhabit artworks, this book is the first sustained consideration of the manifold infiltrations of the written word into the visual arts from the nineteenth century to the present day. Simon Morley traces the growing bond between word and image, explaining how artists have harnessed the resulting tension to form identities, challenge authority, and make sense of a world in constant change.Writing on the Walldiscusses familiar movements from the Impressionists to the present day, focusing on many works of modern art such as Dada nonsense words, Surrealist painting-poems, Constructivist typographies, oriental calligraphy, postwar gestural painting, and much more. As he considers these works, Morley reveals how artists have responded to an environment increasingly saturated with words, and also asks how the mass media have adopted and adapted artistic devices in propaganda, typography, and advertising. The book ends with a look at current developments in the world of hypertext, where word and image have at last found an essential unity.

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Book details

List price: $31.95
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 6/6/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 8.25" wide x 10.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 2.398
Language: English

Simon Morley is an artist, curator and lecturer. After studying at Oxford University he lived and trained as an artist in Italy, the United States, and finally at Goldsmiths College, London. He teaches at the Sotheby's Institute of Art, London, and has exhibited his work internationally.

Introduction
Words and Pictures Grand Bazar Universal
Impressionist Words Merahi metua no Teha'amana
Symbolist Words Au Bon Marche
Cubist Words Parole-in-Liberta
Futurist Words L.H.O.O.Q Dada Words Futura
Constructivist Words L'Alphabet des reves
Surrealist Words Words and Power Writing Degree Zero
Post-War Words Intermedia
Neo-Dada words Coca-Cola
Pop Words Art As Idea As Idea
Conceptual Words I A Heap of Language
Conceptual Words II The Prison-House of Language
Postmodern Words Creolization
Millennial Words Epiloque
Hypertext and Future Words
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